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Our reality is a projection of our mind

The mind here is, according to Wikipedia, ‘the set of cognitive faculties, including consciousness, imagination, perception, thinking, judgment, language, and memory.

‘Consider that whole beautiful world around you, with all its colors and sounds and smells and textures; Your brain is not directly experiencing any of that. Instead, your brain is locked in a vault of silence and darkness inside your skull.’ says neuroscientist and fiction writer David Eagleman.

This reconstruction of reality, which is a hallucination, is sometimes called the brain’s ‘model’ of the world. However, there is a reality that exists outside our mental projections. All human drama stems from the difficulty to mediate our model of the world with the outside reality.

Let’s call this the mind game. The articles in the category ‘Mind’ address this fundamental challenge in the life of how to develop the best mental model of reality to be successful in life. Central elements to winning the mind game are a growth mindset, emancipating oneself from the herd mentality, and understanding one’s cognitive biases.


How to Conquer Fear Now to Avoid Common Life Regrets Later

How to Conquer Fear Now to Avoid Common Life Regrets Later

Knowing how to conquer fear is crucial when you want to live switched-on. Fear and desire are the primal driving forces of our behavior. They are hard-coded into the lower regions of our brain to protect the survival of our species. We seek pleasure and avoid pain....
The Role of Belief in Success and How to Make it Work For You

The Role of Belief in Success and How to Make it Work For You

It is hard to overstate the role of belief in a great many personal developments and self-help systems. David J. Schwartz, for example, writes in one of the genres biggest classics The Magic of Thinking Big ‘Believe it can be done. When you believe something can...
Timeless Lessons for Life in Musashi’s Martial Art

Timeless Lessons for Life in Musashi’s Martial Art

Miyamoto Musashi’s (1584 – 1645) timeless lessons for life have never ceased to inspire martial artists and students of life alike. Many believe that he was the greatest swordsman who ever lived,  but it’s his philosophy of life that continues to...
Why Not to Drink Alcohol – A Personal Account

Why Not to Drink Alcohol – A Personal Account

I never make my sobriety a topic. Unless people ask when they notice I don’t drink. And since alcohol is so pervasive, the question comes up ever so often. So here is my take on why not to drink alcohol. Along with a bit of personal story to make it more...